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    January 8, 2010
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that will be important to understand this. we need a complementary set of economic policy discussions for the countries that have to complement the immigration reform. if we do this right, there will be less of a demand for the labor coming into the united states. >> we have time for one more quick question. the gentleman in the back? >> this is for the author of the study. i am a little bit perplexed about how to describe the late 1980's, when this was implemented, as weaker labor demand. unemployment was at a high level in 1982 at 10%. the average was 7.5% in 1982 and continued to go down into 1991.
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the immediate implementation was a time of strong labor market growth. >> like to put up the graft, but from 1988 until 1991, is when we do see unemployment rates growing from about 5.8%. . unemployment rate going up from about 5.8% to about 7.8%. so it was exactly during that period of time with growing unemployment that occurred, that's basically what doomed the second term for george bush, exactly during this period of time when the legalization took place. so i think that it's -- we had a weakening labor market. we had a growing unemployment rate exactly during the moment when we saw not only
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legalization take place but these wage increases taking place and this movement -- this initial movement towards actually drying up some of the worst exploitable cases of sweatshops in this country. that's where what we saw during this period of time actually was movement of some workers out of the worst cases of sweatshops that did close down during this that did close down during this period of rising but for the entire economy, what's interesting is that you had legalization producing wage increases for those workers that did get legalized even on condition of growing
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>> here is what we are covering on c-span today. the institute of peace is looking at the afghanistan election process and the parliamentary elections are planned for may. and at 12:15, the alliance for health reform examines the health exchanges in the house and said -- the house and senate health care bill. you can see this live on c-span and c-span out or -- c-span.org. >> this offer an explanation for
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something that had been baffling. this was for many years. this was the show trials, and the success that he had. >> michael schammel on kessler, the story of a 20- century skeptic. >> the white house released a report on the intelligence failures that led to a bombing of a commercial airliner on christmas day. obama allied new procedures to prevent these attacks in the future. from the white house state dining room, this is 50 minutes. >> congratulations, everyone. the reviews i ordered after the field -- after the foiled
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terrorist attack are now complete. it is important that the american people understand that we're going to keep the country safe. this afternoon, my homeland security adviser will discuss his review into the watch list system. how the government failed to connect the dots in a way that would have prevented the terrorists from boarding a plane for america, and the steps that we will take to prevent this from happening again. janet napolitano will discuss and review of the aviation screening. how the terrorists -- the terrorists boarded an airplane that could have killed -- and cut that killed 300 innocent people and the aviation security going forward. i want to summarize the conclusions, and the steps that i have ordered to address them. the first line of defense is timely, accurate intelligence
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that is shared and integrated, analyzed, and acted upon quickly and effectively that is what the intelligence reforms achieved after 9/11 and what the intelligence community is doing every day. but that is not what happened leading up to christmas day. shortcoming's happened in three broad and compound in ways. first, all of the intelligence community learned a great deal about the al qaeda affiliate -- the al qaeda affiliate, in the arabian peninsula, we do that they were wanting to strike the united states and they were recruiting operatives to do this. they did not aggressively follow up and prioritize the streams of intelligence related to the possible attack against the homeland. this contributed to a larger failure to connect the dots of intelligence that existed across
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the intelligence community, together which could have shown that he was planning an attack. this fed to shortcomings in the watch listing system, and they were not put on the no-buy list. this was allowing him to board the plane to detroit. the u.s. government had the information for the system, to potentially uncovered the plot and disrupt the attack. rather than a failure to collect or share intelligence, this was a failure to connect and understand the intelligence that we already had. that is why we took swift action in the days following christmas, reviewing and updating the system and adding more individuals to the list. and directing the indices to include current information in
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their warnings for individuals with terrorist connections. i am directing a series of steps across multiple agencies. broadly speaking, these fall into four areas. i am directing that the intelligence community will begin to assign specific responsibility for all leads on the high-priority bretz, and these leads will be acted upon aggressively. not just most of the time, but all the time. we must follow the leads that we get. and we must pursue them until the plots are disrupted. and that means assigning clear lines of responsibility. i am directing that intelligence reports including terrorist threats to the united states be distributed more widely. we cannot sit on information that will protect the american people. and we must strengthen the analytical process, and how the
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analysts process the intelligence that they receive. he will take the lead in improving these efforts. and we will examine the long- term challenge of the universe is of intelligence and data in the information. .
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>> we need the security at our airports, ports, and borders and through our partnerships with other nations to prevent terrorists from entering america. at the astor and airport, who more was subject to the other requirements as other travelers. his carry-on bag was exported, he passed through a metal detector. a metal detector cannot detect the kind of explosives that were sewn into a close. the screening technologies that might have detected these explosives are in use at the end to them airport but not at the pacific checkpoint that the best repaired most airports at the world and the united states do not yet have these technologies. there is no silver bullet to secure the thousands of flights into america each day, domestic and international. it will set -- it will requires
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a bit of investment in many areas. before the christmas attack, we increase investment in home security and aviation security. . this is an additional $1 billion in technologies where we need to protect our airports for baggage screening, passenger screening, and more advanced the explosive detection capabilities. they will make our skies safer and more secure. we have taken a whole range of steps to improve aviation screening including new rules for how we handle the says within the government and enhance screening for passengers flying from or through certain countries. the department of all let security will take additional steps including strengthening our international partnerships to improve aviation screening around the world, greater use of the advanced explosive technology we already have including imaging technology and
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working aggressively in cooperation with the department of energy and our national labs to deploy the next generation of screen technologies. there is no foolproof solution for a as we develop new technologies and procedures, our adversaries will seek new ways to avoid them. in the never ending rates to protect our country, we have to stay one step ahead of a nimble adversary. we will continue to work with congress to ensure that our intelligence, homeless security, and law-enforcement communities have a lot = the rs they need . i took immediate action to secure our country. we will continue a sustained an intensive effort of analysis and assessment that we leave no stone unturned in seeking better ways to protect the american
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people. i have repeatedly made clear in public and private that i will hold my staff, our agencies, and the people in them accountable when they fail to perform the responsibilities at the highest levels. at this stage and review process, it appears this incident was not the fault of a single individual or organization it was rather a systemic failure across organizations and agencies. that is why i directed agency heads to establish reviews and directed by national security staff to monitor their efforts. we will measure progress. john brennan will report to me after that. all of these agencies and their leaders are responsible for implementing these reforms. all will be held accountable if they do not.
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moreover, i am less interested in passing of blame then learning from in correcting these mistakes to make us safer. ultimately, the buck stops with me. as president, i have a solemn responsibility to protect our nation and our people and with the system fails, it is my responsibility. we face in protecting our country again state foe that is bent on our destruction. let's be clear about what this moment demands. we are at war. we are at war against al qaeda, a park -- a network of violence and hatred that attacked us on 9/11 and killed more than 3000 people and is plotting to kill us again -- attack us again. we have made progress. the al qaeda leadership has been damaged. we have worked closely with yemen to live like major blows
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against leaders. we have saved american lives. we know that the vast majority of muslims reject al qaeda. it is clear that al qaeda increase in six to recruit individuals without known terrorist affiliations in the middle east and africa and other places to do their bidding. that is why i have directed my national security team to develop a strategy that addresses the unique challenges. we must communicate clearly to moslems round the world that al qaeda offers nothing against a backdrop division of misery and death, including the murder of fellow muslims. to advance that progress, we seek new beginnings with muslim communities around the world. we will engage in mutual interest and respect to work together to fulfill the aspirations that all people share to get an education, to
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work with dignity, to work in peace and security. that is what america believes in. that is the vision that is more powerful than a true of violent extremists. we will strengthen our defenses at home but we will not succumb to a siege mentality that challenges the values we have prayed great nations do not hide behind walls. that is and exactly what our adversaries want and so long as i am president, will never end them that victory. we will go far in the character of our country -- we will define the character of our country. every american, every elected official can do airport. instead of giving into cynicism and division, let's move forward with confidence and optimism and unity that defines us as a people. this is not a time for partisanship but citizenship.
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it is time to work together with a purpose that our security demands. that is what means to be strong in the face of violent extremists. that is how we will prevail in this fight that is how we will protect our country and pass safer and stronger to the next generation. thank you very much. >> we heard from, and security secretary janet napolitano and assistant to the president for counter terrorism john brennan. they took questions from reporters. this is 40 minutes.
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>> you all should have with you two separate documents that were e-mailed. s a summary of the white house review which is the declassified document i spoke about. secondly, a three-page memo signed by the president on corrective actions that have been ordered. we will hear momentarily from secretary napolitano from home less security and john brennan assistant to the president on counter-terrorism. after they speak, we will spend about half an hour taking your questions. i know many of you have a
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deadline so if you need to sneak out of here, that is certainly a fine to do. we will hear first from john. >> good evening everyone. following the attempted terrorist attack on christmas day, he directed me to conduct a review of the watch list system. he also directed key departments and agencies to provide input to the review and i want to commend secretary and a pack -- the public to know -- secretary apologetic secretary and a politician of for the." opti-- nap [olitano for her cooperation. the review had three primary goals -- to get the facts, to
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find out what happened, to identify the failures and shortcomings of what went wrong. to make recommendations on corrective actions we could fix the problem and i want to address each of these areas. first the fact -- various components of the intelligence community had fragments of information about the strategic threats posed by al qaeda. it was known thatagap sought -- aqap sought to strike targets. there was a threat stream of intelligence on this threat. it was known, thanks to the awarding of his father in november, that had joined extremists.
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we have fragments of intelligence that were available in the intelligence committee on christmas eve before umar ever boarded an airplane. given the fragments of intelligence, why weren't they increase -- integrated in peace together in a way that would have uncovered and disrupted the plot. what went wrong? as the president described, this was not the failure of a single individual or organization. there were some human errors but those errors were not the primary or funnel calls of what happened. this was a systemic failure across agencies and organizations. there has been some confusion out there. in recent days, it has been widely reported that we saw the same failures before 9/11 to share information. before 9/11, there was
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reluctance to share information between departments. as a result, different analysts across agencies were denied access to critical information i could have stopped the tragic 9/11 attacks. over the past eight years, those issues have largely been resolved. that is not what happened here. this was not a failure to share information. our review found the intelligence agencies and analysts had the information they needed. no one was denied access to that information this was not a failure to collect a share intelligence, it was a failure to in the creek -- integrate the intelligence we had. no one team was assigned responsibility for doing the followup. intelligence felt through the cracks. this happened in more than one organization.
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this contributed to the failure of connecting the fragments that could have revealed the plot of the extremist views, the desire to strike the u.s. this fed into shortcomings in the watch list system which resulted in the hijacker -- in the attacker not be placed on a list and boarding a plane bound for detroit. while the watch list system is not broken, how the intelligence committee feeds information into that system clearly needs to be strengthened. how do we fix the problem? the president is issuing a directive to all relevant agencies. there are more than a dozen corrective steps and each is designed -- a sign to agency. they fall into four broad areas. first, he directs that our intelligence committee immediately begin a responsibility for
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investigating all leads to my high priority threat and that these leads are pursued and act upon aggressively so the plot are disrupted. second, he is directing that intelligence reports, especially those involving thrust of the u.s., be distributed more rapidly and widely. third, he directs that we strengthen the analytic process. the president's advisory board will examine the longer-term challenges and will analyze intelligence among the vast universe of intelligence we collect. dealing with the volumes of information is growing every day. the president is ordering an immediate effort to strengthen the criteria used to add individual where terrorist watch list, especially the no-fly less. the president said he will hold all of us, his death, his national security team and others responsible person the
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national security staff will monitor progress. the president wants me to report back in 30 days and i will do so. the reforms will improve the intelligence community ability to do their jobs better and integrate and analyze and act swiftly and effectively to protect our country. in every instance over the past year, the intelligence community, the homeland security community, the law-enforcement community has done an absolutely outstanding in stellar job in protecting the homeland and disrupting plots that have been directed against this one instance is where we did not rise to the same level of competence and success. therefore, the president has told us we must do better. i told the president i let him down i am. assistant for home and security and counterintelligence i told
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him we would do better as a team. >> thank you. i want to update all of you on the actions of the department of olwen security immediately following the christmas day attack and the longer term)aommo the president in their preliminary report. these recommendations lay out how we will move forward in a number of areas that are critical in our efforts to protect air travel from terrorism. as many have already experienced, we have immediately strengthened screen requirements for individuals applying to the united states. every individual flying here from anywhere in the world who has an itinerary or passport from nations that are state- sponsors of terrorism or countries of interest, are required to go through enhanced screening. the majority of all other passengers on united states
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deskbound international flights will go through random enhanced screening. at airports throughout the united states, we have deployed additional airport law enforcement officials, behavior detection officers, air marshals, and explosive- detection canine teams among other methods seen and unseen. i want to express our thanks to the traveling public for their patience with the security measures. i want to thank the department, and security personnel who have been engaged on a day in, day out basis to implement them since christmas. i would like to describe to you five of the recommendations that are included in our report to the president. first, there needs to be an evaluation and modification of the criteria and process used to create the terrorist watch list. this will involve the department of all mine security and other members of the intelligence
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community. specifically, the effort will include evaluating the process by which names are put on the no-fly list. let me say that the department of online security worst day in and day out with the nctc and other members of the intelligence community. these are dedicated men and women. all of them are dedicated to the safety of the united states. we simply had a systemic failure. dhs uses the list as the cornerstone of our efforts to prevent suspected terrorists from boarding airplanes bound for the united states. second, we will establish a partnership on aviation screening technology betweendhs and the department of energy and
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its national laboratories. this will allow government to use the expertise of the national labs to develop new and more effective technologies so that we can react to known threats but also proactively anticipate new ways by which terrorists could seek to board our aircraft. third, we want to accelerate advanced imaging technology so we have greater capability to detect explosives like the ones used in the christmas day attack. we currently have 40 machines and -- deployed throughout the u.s. we'll reschedule to deploy 300 more this year. we may deploy more than that. tsa does not conduct screening overseas. the screening procedures at foreign airports are critical to our safety and the united states. therefore, we have to do all we can do to encourage foreign authorities to utilize the same
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enhanced technologies for aviation security. there were passengers from 17 countries aboard flight 253. this is an international issue this is not just about. the united states. four, we have to strengthen the presence and capacity of aviation law enforcement on top of the measures we have already taken. this includes increasing the number of federal air marshals. we will begin by deploying law enforcement officers from across the the part of all my security to to help fulfill this role death, working with the secretary of state, we need to strengthen international security measures and standards for aviation security. security measures abroad affect our security at home. the deputy secretary of dhs and other top officials have been on a multi-country mission, meeting
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with top transportation and airport officials, discussing ways to increase cooperation and security. later this month, i will travel to spain to be with my european counterparts for what will be the first in a series of meetings with counterparts that i believe will lead to a broad consensus on new international aviation security standards and procedures. these five recommendations are important areas for dhs and other federal agencies to address concerns revealed by the attempted attack. these are changes that will help us prevent another attack from ever advancing as far as the one dead on christmas day. thank you. >> the president talked about advanced technology spreaies.
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>> we look at security as a system of letters. there are a best screening technology is an explosive detection technology, it is canines and increased use of them, it is increased law enforcement presence both uniformed and undercover, it is that series undercoverlayers that we will add to the security we already have our airports in the wake of this incident. >> you said that 300 additional scanners will be deployed in 2010. was that planned before this event? how many more on top of that and how much will it cost? >> it was planned before the desperate there wthis.
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with respect to how many more need to be done, we will be working on that as a part of our ongoing review as to how many are needed. i would caution you not to focus solely on that technology. as i just explained, this is a series of layers that we deploy and we will enhance that at domestic airports. >> un the president mentioned the word accountability of all three of you -- you and the president mentioned the word accountability. who is being held accountable now? >> as you heard the president announce on a number of occasions including today,e he takes responsibility for the system would take -- we have now that is what led the president to conduct these two
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individuals to conduct reviews and seek where we fell down and how we can plug those holes. our focus is on the timely completion of that review and to implement his directive for corrective action as quickly as possible we do not have any announcements other than that today. the president said the buck stops with him. the team understands that what john started is a dynamic process. that will continue over the course of the next 30 days and long after that to insure what has been outlined by all these different agencies. it it knowledge is their responsibility for the attacks. -- it acknowledges their responsibility for the attacks. they will take the corrective action necessary.
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i would mention the $1 billion the president mentioned about technology in the recovery act. >> the president referred to this man is a known terrorist. my understanding is that he was a known extremist. what was the most shocking thing you believe came out of the review? >> we knew that the attacker had departed from nigeria and was in yemen associating with extremists. that came from his father. we knew he was an extremist and had a radical tendencies. the rest of the intelligence told us that this plot was under way. we did not match up the 12 with the suspect. we did not match -- we did not match up the two factors
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after the fact. >> what was most shocking and stunning thing? >> this al qaeda faction is an extension of al qaeda. it is one of the most lethal. the fact that they move forward with this plot demonstrated to us that we had a strategic sense of where they were going but we did not know they had progressed to launching individuals here. we have taken that lesson. we are on top of it. >> i have been following up the tactic of using an individual to foment an attack as opposed to a
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large conspiracy or multi-person conspiracy such as we saw on 9/11. that is something that affects intelligence. it is emphasized with a renewed importance and how different intelligence is integrated and analyzed. it will impact how we will improve security at airports around the world. >> was there a contractor used for a security in amsterdam? >> the screening at the airport was done by dutch authorities. they did the screen that was described earlier this afternoon, the hand luggage was
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screened, the passport was checked, he went through a magnetometer. that was done by dutch authorities. >> what did you find out about why. >> al qaeda is an organization that is dedicated to murder and wanton slaughter of innocents. would they have done of the past two decades is to attract individuals like this attacker and use them for these type of attacks. he was motivated by a sense of religious fervor. al qaeda has corrupted the concept of islam so they can attract these individuals. they have the agenda of destruction and death. >> it's because of religion? >> it is because of an al qaeda organization that uses the banner of religion in a perverse and corrupt way.
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al qaeda is determined to carry out attacks against us here the u.s. >> what was learned while the flight was under way? there have been stories suggesting that additional information came to light after the flight took off and they attacked her would be questioned when he arrived. >> in skippel, his name did not appear in any terrorist watch list. nothing appeared to keep him off the plane. while in the air, customs in detroit has access to the entire database. we know that is the large megadeaths database which has 500,000 names or so in it.
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they something did appear there so they're ready in detroit to question him. the terrorist watch list, the terrorist screening watch list did not have his name on it. >> why was the director allowed to take leave after this incident? >> when the incident occurred on christmas day, a number of people came in to their offices and focus on immediately. i was in contact with the director throughout the evening and afternoon. he said he was scheduled to go on leave to meet his son. he asked me whether or not he should canceled that trip. he said he had a full complement of people on the case and i told them that he deserves his vacation so i was the one who
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told me he should go. the events of the fat -- december 25, we have all recognized that the intelligence community has work seamlessly well and we were in constant contact with one another throughout. >> when did we first know that aqap had an intent to strike the u.s. homelands? how early? >> over the past several years, it has been as operational. they have said things and promoted a certain view as far as bringing the fight to us but all of their activities that were focused on more happening in yemen. they carried out attacks against saudi targets as well as u.s. targets. we saw that there was this mounting drumbeat of interest in trying to get individuals to
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carry out attacks. that was the fragmentary information. in hindsight which gives you a better opportunity to see it, the plot was developing. from the developing we did not know they were talking about sending the attacker to the united states. >> your first recommendation is to assign responsibility on high priorities. it seems like that would be the basic premise of and the intelligence system. i am sure people wonder if that is a reform. >> we want to help distribute information throughout the community and increased capability buried there are many different organizations involved. we want to make sure that as these threats develop and there are so many of them that it is clearly understood who has the lead. most times, cia, and others are working it but we want to make sure that there is a lead that they will make sure that it moves forward. >> you mentioned intelligence
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sharing before 9/11 but after 9/11, the commission report came out and was about a connecting the dots. there is a pledge that time to do better at connecting the dots. from the post-9/11 commission standpoint, why weren't the dots connected? when you say you will improve analysis, how will it happen this time when it did not happen that time? >> analysis has in fact improved steadily. we have an amazing track record in the united states across the board as far as identifying these plots early and disrupting them and preventing those attacks. in every instance. we want to make sure that week raise that being hired. as dark -- before 9/11, you had datsun separate data bases that were so rare -- were you -- you
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had dots in separate data bases. that is the challenge is to make sure we can leverage the access to those dots so we can identify all these threats. >> the president mentioned major investments forthcoming. there is already $1 billion in the stimulus. can we expect more than that and how will be paid for? >> it is premature to make those statements right now. that is part of the ongoing review that we will undertake. >> well the major investments be more than $1 billion? >> like i said, i think it is premature to put a number on it. as part of our review, we will make ongoing recommendations to the president about what needs
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to be done with domestic airports. do not lose sight of the fact that he was screened at an international airport and it is the international environment we also need to work on so we have taken on this very rapid reach out around the globe to say that this is an international issue. this affects the traveling public of people in countries around the world, their safety. these terrorists to not discriminate when they take down a plane. that is part of the ongoing process. >> will be able to ask non- terror-related questions at the end? >> sure. >> someone referred to the fort hood massacre as strike one paren.
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how can a terrorist who has a hot -- high-profile advocate for terrorism did not create a higher sensitivity visible in this case. were you personally briefed by the head of security in saudi arabia of the possibility of explosives being hidden in underwear or clothing? >> we were very concerned and there was a concerted effort after that to take a look at what else might be accomplished in the homeland. this attacker was a different story. it indicates there is a seriousness of purpose on the part of al qaeda to carry out attacks in the united states whether they are reaching people through the internet or whether they are sending people abroad. >> are you satisfied that the intelligence community responded
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to what was learned about four. in a way that worked for did not work? >> absolutely, i think they have taken those corrective steps. president barack obama has directed several reviews of incidents. this one was completed within two weeks time. in my three decades of u.s. government of being able to breed issue through where we can take corrective action is amazing. we have already done that with ford would and instituting those changes. we have been able to identify diagnosed, and take corrective steps to weaken in sure that this will not happen again. i went out to these -- i went out to saudi arabia after the last attack of there and talked about explosives there and we had serious concerns. that was an assassination attempt and we are continuing to
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work with the saudis about techniques that are being used by al qaeda. we are trying to stay a step ahead but they are looking at all these different types of techniques. we need to continue to advance and evolves. . >> do you have a concern that the intelligence community is being overwhelmed by the sheer volume? >> what this country has been able to do with the increasing amount of information and the collection systems that have, in is amazing. callerwe were able to address te growing threat of al qaeda in saudi arabia because of our ability to collect information and use its with it. swiftly.
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we want to make sure we can use the information that exists within the different databases to address security priorities. >> you said that one of the most alarming things you found was the strength of the al qaeda cell in yemen what else is a capable of? >> they have taken a number of different paths to carry out an attack. the attack against the prince, a suicide bomber, an explosive device concealed in his clothes. they are carrying out attacks against our instructors like embassies. -- against hard structures like embassies. we need to work with our international partners to make sure we can drive al qaeda down
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with in yemen. they present a serious threat but also abroad. >> why was this such a surprise? >> they were able to bring a person into the execution phase and put them on an airplane coming to the united states, that was one of the failures. we were not focused enough that we were able to identify whoever was going to be used to carry out this attack. >> have you learned anything that would suggest the terror suspect chose detroit to send a message to the american population there? when the president talked about his concern about lower recruits being attracted to al qaeda, he talked about having special efforts to break that kind of
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appeal. is there anything you're doing specifically in southeastern michigan with the moslem population? >> the department of all my security has outreach efforts into differenct populations. we try to build bridges so that there is good communication between us even in the face of those who would distort a religion for terrorist purposes we need to look at strengthening those activities. we also need to look at the whole issue of what is called character-radicalization. how do we identify someone before they become radicalized to the point where they are ready to blow themselves up with others on a plane?
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how do we communicate better american values and so forth in this country but also around the globe? how do we work with our allies like the uk on this? that has been a major topic of conversation on this between us and the u.k. over the prior month. you are right to point out that there is a related issue here which is how do we get into the process before somebody becomes so radicalized that they are ready to commit this kind of attack. >> did you find any reason to suspect that that particular flight was chosen because it was headed to detroit, given the large arab-american population there? >> that is within the purview of the criminal case so would not be accorded to comment on that. >> focusing on the international issue, yemen as well as africa,
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has anyone from the yemen embassy come to the white house since the attack happened to talk to anyone about this? >> we have been regular contact with the yemeni government. the foreign minister will be coming here. there have been a number of interactions with our people there. >> we understand there is no extradition from yemen. is that an issue particularly with the breed of terrorists and extremists there? >> if there is a reason to do that, we will do that. >> some of the national security community are saying that focusing on the continent of
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africa will be next. "they talked about somalia and there are breeding grounds in africa where extremists are going to somalia. there is a fear that tentacles will spread from there from northern africa into europe. have you talked to any of the african leaders? >> we have already deployed high officials from our department around the globe and they will be going to africa, as well. they need to be part of the solution. this is a global problem, not just for the united states. there is active engagement there. >> there are many different groups in africa. we have had a robust dialogue with everett leaders as well as with other countries in the area.
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that is an area where al qaeda preys upon. they are looking in africa for recruits. this is something we're concerned about. >> \ there are others engaging h african countries and leaders to address this issue from the standpoint of cooperation. >> is there any information that the government has been able to analyze that you had prior to question that had not -- that they had not gotten to analyze? >> there is a lot of information that is being re-analyzed or re- evaluated. it gives us the insight into how they operate. there is cowering going on of the datasets within the
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intelligence community. -- there is scouring going on of the datasets within the intelligence community. >> is there a delay of the report? >> part of the delay is in the declassifying documents. we apologize for the delay. >> is the system already in place that if the father went to the embassy, if the situation happens today, would it send an alert immediately? since their bodre are body imagg
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machines available, what about people might be personally embarrassed by using them? >> as we move to strengthen security, we have this balance to be struck with the issues about personal privacy. in the united states, we train officers on how to properly conduct a pat down. part of the initiative we are already taking is to make sure that kind of trading and capacity is built in -- on continents around the world. you are right. there will be increased use of pat downs, as well. >> i am confident we have taken a variety of corrective measures that would have allowed us, had we taken them before, to identified the attacker as somebody haas concern.
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he was identified as a person of concern and not as a terrorist. the agencies have been scouring all the databases to make those correlations. i am confident they have done that the early. >> thank you, guys. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2010] >> you can read the white house report on the christmas day attempted bombing and the president's directive on our website, c-span.org. you can also watch on demand video and get program schedules for this cspan networks.
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